May 2018

Mayday!    Mayday!

Just over a century ago ‘Mayday’ became an international distress signal.  It was used to call for help by the Titanic.   They tell me ‘Mayday’ is a corruption of the French ‘m’aidez’ (help me!)   EU Welcome has been helping EU national living and working  in and around Southampton since 2004, and we will continue to do so as long as we can.

This month we are quite limited as Anna is unavailable and so Adriana is staffing our drop ins alone.  Dave now is just a volunteer, but is happy for people to contact him preferably by e mail  A full list of our advice sessions can be found lower down this newsletter.

Brexit Update

The Guardian newspaper recently published a podcast about Brexit which seems useful.  You can listen here  Remember though that as yet there is no requirement to do anything.


We’ve had some good news last month with several friends/clients of EU Welcome finding jobs that suit their training, experience and passions.  Remember we are happy to help with CV’s and job applications.  We’ve heard that the YMCA has some interesting opportunities available.  See

Have You a Creative Project Up Your Sleeve?

Nuffield Southampton Theatres are looking for people who want to influence and shape the future of culture in the city. We are looking for anyone who wants to make things happen in your spaces around the city.

We understand that finding space, time and money can be issue to getting things started so to get the ball rolling we’re looking for ideas. We want to equip you with the skills to plan your own arts events, support other artists in the city and get you on the way to making things happen!

NST will provide free training, support and guidance on how to get the ideas up on its feet. Depending on your idea we’ll start with the basics and work on growing the idea. We’ll also provide cash of up to £1,000 to help overcome some of the financial barriers of putting on events.

For more info contact


Get To Know Your City

Southampton Tourist Guides Association which Dave is chairman of have some interesting walks coming up.  Get to know Southampton better and learn more about British history. Click

EU Welcome staff contacts

Remember we are all part time.  So leave a message and please be patient

Anna 07928 362088

Adriana 07917 879259

Dave 07786 392886, (nb Dave is now a volunteer.)


You can mail us in any language and with the help of our volunteers, we will get back to you

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EU Welcome……….How to find us!  

We do not work from ONE office, but offer our services from different places throughout Southampton

Mondays 10am to 2.30pm CLEAR. James Street Centre
2 James Street SO14 1PJ

Tuesdays 10am to 2.30pm   Southampton Citizens Advice 3 Kings Park Road SO15 2AT

Wednesdays 9.30am to 11.30am  we work with Southampton Advice and Representation Centre  (SARC) in Woolston to offer specialist help regarding benefits and employment issues.  Appointments essential.  Call 07917 879259


We also offer 3 evening sessions per month for general issues

 1st Thursday  of the month 6pm to 7pm Freemantle Community Centre Randolph Street Southampton SO15 3HF 7   3 May  (7 June)

2nd Wednesday of the month 7.00pm to 8.00pm The Polish Club 507 Portswood Road so172th.  9 May  (13 June)

3rd or 4th Friday of the month 6.00pm to 7.00pm St Edmund’s Lodge, The Avenue SO17 1XJ      18 May  (22 June)


For other times and opportunities to meet contact;

 Dave 07786 392886,

Anna 07928 362088

Adriana 07917 879259


EU WELCOME Jak do nas trafić !

Nie pracujemy z jednego biura , ale oferujemy nasze usługi z różnych miejsc w całym  Southampton.

Poniedziałki  od 10.00 do 14:30 CLEAR, James Street Centre 2 James Street SO14 1PJ  Pytania ogólne

Wtorki 10.00 do 2.30pm. Citizens Advice (CAB) 3 King’s Park Road SO15 2AT. Pytania ogólne.

Środy od 9.30- 11.30  współpracujemy z SARC  na Woolston oferujemy  specjalistyczną pomoc w zakresie zasilkow  i kwestii zatrudnienia . Prosimy wczesniej o zadzwonienie na numer  07917 879259 w sprawie umowienia wizyty.
Oferujemy również 3 dyżury wieczorne w ciągu miesiąca, podczas których udzielamy ogolnych porad:

W każdy pierwszy czwartek miesiąca od  godziny 18.00 do 19.00  Freemantle Community Centre przy ulicy Randolph Street, Southampton SO15 3HF

W każdą drugą środę miesiąca w godzinach od 19:00 do 20:00 w Polskmi Klubie, 507 Portswood Road, so172th .

W każdy trzeci albo czwarty piątek miesiąca od 18:00 do 19:00 w zakrystii kosciola katolickiego St Edmund, The Avenue SO17 1XJ.


Dave 07786 392886 ,
Anna 07928 362088
Adriana 07917 879259

Kliknij na naszej stronie
Mamy również aktualne  informacje na Twitter @ EUWELCOME i regularne informacje stają się naszym przyjacielem na Facebooku


Hate Crime.  Don’t Suffer in Silence

We are pleased to announce that we have been asked to become a Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime.  This means when things go wrong, we can help.

Hate crimes and hate incidents are offences and incidents that target a person’s race/nationality; ethnicity; disability; sexual orientation; faith/religion or gender identity. They are motivated by hostility or prejudice and can have a devastating impact on victims, their family, friends and or the community.

If you are subject to anything like this, you can, of course contact the police directly, or you can report it in this way by clicking on

You can give as much or as little detail as you wish and can remain anonymous if you want.  Alternatively contact us at EU Welcome and we will be delighted to help you in any way we can.


Steps to Wellbeing!

Going through difficult times?  Need someone to talk to?  You can refer yourself to Steps to Wellbeing,  No need to see a doctor first!   They can offer interpreters if necessary


  • Working to support women, children and young people affected by domestic violence and abuse (pomoc kobietom, dzieciom oraz młodym osobom dotkniętym przemocą domową)
  • Recognizing that you are being abused is an important and difficult step. Where you go from here is your decision.  We are here to give you support and information to allow you to make choices to improve your life and help you to be safe. (Rozpoznanie, że jest się ofiarą przemocy jest ważnym i trudnym krokiem. Co z tym zrobisz jest wyłącznie twoją decyzją. Jesteśmy po to aby dać ci wsparcie oraz informacje których potrzebujesz aby pozwolić ci pojąc kroki do poprawy sytuacji oraz pomóc ci w bezpieczeństwie)


  • If you don’t feel comfortable speaking in English, you can send us a text in polish to 07436798268 or send us an email a contact number and safe time to callyou and a polish speaker would contact you as soon as possible. (Jeśli nie czujesz się komfortowo mówić po angielsku to możesz do nas wysłać sms w języku polskim na numer 07436798268  lub email podając swój numer telefonu oraz godziny w których mamy do ciebie oddzwonić. Oddzwoimy do ciebie w języku polskim.

Southampton City Council Nationality Checking Service when applying for British Citizenship.

If someone wishes to book an appointment, they can either telephone: 02380915327, leave a contact message on the website, or email   They are very busy with the checking service so it may take a while before someone gets back to them.  They also offer a new  service, which is a passport checking service. This  is only available to people at the time of applying to be a British Citizen.  Here is the latest Home Office statement


EU Welcome is run in association with CLEAR and its parent charity City Life Church  (City Life is a charitable company; charity number 1100602; company number 4913171)